Coach Mike Bass Brings Winning Culture to Servite
By: Matthew Beaird '15
New Servite football coach and offensive coordinator Mike Bass is a proven winner. CIF Division 5 Player of the Year, CIF Champion, Scholar Athlete of the Year – the list of accolades goes on and on. After a remarkable high school playing and coaching career at Centennial High School, Bass comes to Servite looking to help the Friars reach a new legacy of success in the highly competitive Trinity League.
The Friars have reason to be excited about the championship experience added to the coaching staff this offseason.
Head Coach Scott Meyer shared, "Coach Bass is a winner. As a player and a coach he has won several championships and he understands what it takes to win. He will push our student-athletes to get better every day and will accept nothing less than their best effort."
The history of success began at a young age for Bass, growing up in a football family in Corona, California. For nearly two decades, the Bass brothers have been invaluable players in building the championship culture at Corona Centennial. First came Ricky Jr. in the mid-90s, then Mike (1997-2000), Ray (1999-2002), Ryan (2004-2007), and finally Dion (2007-2010).
In his high school career as a running back, Bass rushed for 2,875 yards while earning letters in football, track, and baseball. He was a member of Coach Matt Logan's first graduating class and CIF Championship team in 2000.
Now, Bass owes much of what he brings to coaching to his high school coach and mentor in Logan.
"I call him the guru," Bass said. "I got to play with some really good coaches in college, but some of the stuff I learned from Matt is so valuable and that's what we are trying to do out here."
Bass continued his playing career at the University of Hawaii where he started as a true freshman, led the team in rushing, and went on to have a solid collegiate career.
Yet, adversity hit in the form of a knee injury for Bass and it did not escape him when he transferred to Montana State his senior year. It was then Bass knew it was time to return home to teach and coach.
"Football has been part of my life since I was about four years old, so as soon as I couldn't play anymore coaching was something I was very interested in," Bass said.
Reenergized by the opportunity to coach, Bass returned to his alma mater where he would become part of many more championships and coach alongside his mentor. He would spend seven years coaching running backs at Centennial, joining one of the finest coaching staffs in Southern California led by Logan.
Adding to his championship as a player, Bass helped his team dominate year after year on their way to a historic feat. The Huskies won 7 CIF Championships ('07, '08, '10, '12, '13, '14, '15) including a State Title in 2008.
Bass went on to be offensive coordinator at Corona High School down the street and came back to Centennial for two more years before officially becoming a member of the Friar coaching staff.
Frank Kalil '77 introduced Bass to Servite as his friend and former Pee Wee football coach. Thanks to their long-standing relationship, Bass became aware of the opportunity at Servite, became a fan of Coach Meyer's style, and has had an immediate impact on players ever since.
"Coach Bass has instilled an offense that is geared at playing at a high tempo. He has taught our players to play fast and to react to what the defense is giving them," Coach Meyer shared.
Living the Winning Culture
Alongside his record of helping teams win championships, Coach Bass brings lessons for his players that will help them reach the next level and succeed in all areas of life. He expects the best from his team on and off the field.
"The main thing is we pay attention to detail and we practice harder than anyone else out there," Bass said. "I'm trying to get these kids to learn that winning is contagious. They can win at everything they do from practice to the classroom."
Perhaps the best part of Servite's new coaching staff is not adding just one Bass, but three Bass brothers. Mike Bass also welcomed his brother Ryan to coach running backs and Ray to handle speed and conditioning as they team up as coaches for the first time at the high school level.
"They both also won CIF championships at Centennial, so I wanted to get some winners on, guys that have been there and done that," Bass said. "It's good to get them out here, they're bringing young energy and getting kids excited."
Teaching his team the importance of accountability not only for yourself, but your teammates, holding them to the same standard and motivating them to get up when they're down – that's the name of the game for Bass.
The veteran coach has been tested time and time again and he's found a way to win. In his new home at Servite, Bass can't wait to see how his team's hard work will translate to victories in practice, in the classroom, and in game time.